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... solo loop of Leigh Lake, trying to stay off the bear's dinner menu.
Finally back in the RV for a climb up a rather steep and narrow road to the top of Signal Mountain for the signature sunset shot. Unfortunately, it's a thing that lots of tourists do, and the mosquitoes have wised up. They were waiting in swarms, so it was a fairly quick photo stop.
Finally back to our campsite in the dark. Luckily nobody had staked an alternate claim to it, as the park was signposted as ...
After leaving Lakeview, we were pretty much off the grid for a few days. We travelled nearly 400 miles to Boise, ID; decided to get a room. Not much excitement while driving, sage brush and hills was about the extent of it. The next day's travels across Idaho on Interstate 84, wasn't that much more exciting than across Oregon. We did stop at a rest stop that had some info signs on the Oregon Trail, and viewed a small depression in the landscape marked Wagon ...
... We arrived into the ski town of Jackson also referred to as Jackson Hole. It was a tourist town for sure but the cowboy kitsch was charming rather than redneck towns of Sieverville, Pigeon Forge and Gatlinburg
They had no availability at the only RV park in the town as we arrived at 6pm so we drove into the park hoping to get a camping spot in one of the campgrounds, for the first time we were actually a bit worried we would have nowhere to sleep. It turns out Grand ...
... why as he fell off the last time we went!). The horses are beautiful. There are just the four of us with the wrangler and we set off through the meadows. Although the horses are well trained, they need riding ( rather than just holding on to the reins). I love it. Ethan's horse is called Mouse and he constantly talks to it as we go along. I am sure Mouse can't understand a word, but keeps patiently plodding ...
... is one, then another. We got pulled over and started watching them. They did seem to us to be awful large to be cubs but we were not sure.
They had disappeared at one point and then back into view and suddenly a third bear appears! The third bear kept raising up on its haunches and looking around. So interesting.
Robert talked to some "bear watchers" who said the mother ...
How has this lodge rated in the past?
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Historical Traveler Reviews Togwotee Mountain Lodge Moran
Not the best
We stayed at Togwotee due to the fact everything else in the area was sold out. It is at the top of a pass and the altitude gave me a terrible headache. The rooms were ok but not great and they needed a good cleaning. The restaurants food was standard fare, and the preperation was not up to normal standards. Also it is way too far from the enterance to the parks of the area.
Misled about location, not impressed at all
I would have written this last year but didn't find out about TripAdvisors till this summer.
We had spent 4 days doing a Teton Wagon train and planned on spending 5 days exploring Yellowstone. I haven't been there since I was a child and really had no clue as to the best way to divide our time.
We had a 2 year old and a 9 year old with us so we thought it would be best to have a home base location and set out daily.
I called the lodge and asked them how far they were from the entrance to the park and told them what I planned on doing and if it was feasible with small children. They said, "Oh...we are just minutes from the south entrance." They didn't mention it is 35 minutes to the south entrance. And from there 45 min to anywhere else MINIMUM.
Nor do they say that the nearest store is either 60 min to Jackson or to a campground store within the park. There is no general store at the lodge itself even though they would make a killing stocking groceries. Had I known then I wouldn't have driven nearly 2 hours east to the next town, buy more coolers and haul food back for 4 days- an additional 2 hour drive.
We went to the restaurant, the only one available outside of Jackson, and my daughter had their shrimp and in the middle of the night began an all night vomit-fest. We got a "Oh, is she feeling better?" comment from the desk staff. I tried the pork chops which were thin and dry. My husband had uninteresting grilled chicken. My son was perfectly happy with saltines. Extremely expensive meal in a cafeteria feeling room.
The rest of the lodge is dingy and old. Things were falling apart. The "playground" was a rusty old swingset and a dilapidated mini-log house.
The cabin itself was fine for what you need it for. There is a picnic table outside and a grill, blinds on the windows so your neighbors can't see in. I actually have more privacy on my home property and I live in Southern California.
We planned our days to spend most of our hours in the park since it was such a hassle to get there and so the Togwotee really was a very poor choice to have as a home port.
The upside of having to drive back at dusk was we came across bear and moose and have great video of both just yards off the road.
Maybe this place is great for skiiers but the outright lying about the location and accessiblity to Yellowstone puts this place in a negative star review.
They are more concerned about getting a booking than making sure the people who stay with them are happy. I did complain to the management and he asked who I booked with and then informed me that that person had been let go between the time I booked and when I arrived. How convenient.
We stayed one night at the Togwotee Mountain Lodge near the Grand Teton Park entrance in August. The cabins sounded so good! Well, I am very grateful we did not stay more than one night. The cabins are grouped in a tight circle with a dirt road surrounding them. The cabins are VERY close together and every time somone drives by dust billows everywhere including in your cabin windows! The cabin was cute but not real clean and very small. I think this lodge is very over priced and the description is not accurate!
The best place if you want quiet on the off-season
We arrived in early September 2004. This is during the off-season when the lodge is preparing for the snow season. The rates were super and we had a cabin for the price if a lodge suite since the suites were being renovated at the time. The staff were friendly and helpful. The restaurant had a buffet style breakfast and was ala cart in the evening. The food was absolutely wonderful as was the service. If you're in a hurry you're probably in the wrong place since the whole atmosphere is relaxed...so those who don't (or won't relax) may have an issue. If you want a place within reach of the best photo opportunities this is it...Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Jackson and the Bridger TetonWilderness are right there. A word of advice...when you arrive during the spring, summer and fall you'll want to rent a CONVERTIBLE...it's well worth the small extra simply for the view you get and the quick pics you can get as well...(wildlife won't wait for you to park). We plan on another trip in the Spring of the year for more photos...and to re-aquaint with the Togwotee staff. Take it easy - don't be in a hurry and do take time to relax and breath...that's what vacation is all about anyway!
This was our second trip to Togwotee Lodge. Although both the accomodations and food are good, not great, the opportunity to be in a truly gorgeous place brought us back. The lodge and cabins are surrounded by National Forest, and it is fairly remote. It is apparently snowmobile heaven in the winter, but I love the horseback riding in the summer. Rarely does one find a more beautiful place to ride--high mountain meadows literally carpeted in a riot of wildflowers and lush green forests.
The first time we stayed in the lodge. Rooms could be compared to a Hampton Inn, pleasant but not luxurious by any means. This time we reserved a cabin. The cabins are close together and rather jammed in an area that has little charm. However, each one is nicely equipped, and ours proved to be quiet and pleasant. I might add that the first cabin we were assigned to reeked of cigarette smoke and had stains on the carpet. We returned to the desk and were reassigned to a cabin that was very clean and pleasant. The employees were a delight, very friendly and helpful.
One review mentioned poor food service. We had no problems with that. In addition, there is a restaurant about 15 minutes away toward Jackson if you want variety, and if you stay in a cabin, the kitchen gives you additional options. There is a small and sparsely stocked store on the grounds. If you are staying any length of time and plan to cook, bring your food.
But the bottom line with Togwotee is the scenery. Watching the sunset over the Tetons from the overlook on Togwotee is a special experience. Don't miss it. This is a delightful place.
The high times at togwotee
I thought it is the best time in snow. all of the people are nice and it's the best snow around. my buddys and i come in january and have never been disapointed. then some more buddys come back in feb. to catch the more set up snow,fun,fun,and more fun.and now we are all getting mountain sleds. it's a 4 month wait from today,can't wait
There were problems!
We stayed at Togwotee in mid July. We had a cabin which was very comfortable! However, there is only 1 restaurant on property and it took about 1 1/2 hours to get our meal. The bar/lounge on property was also closed. Its a long drive to any other restaurant so this is your only option. We chose to end our stay early.
Best Snowmobiling available!
Togwotee Mountain Lodge (formerly Cowboy Village at Togwotee) is THE best place to go snowmobiling. We have been there the past 8 or 9 years. Great snow, wonderful guides, good food....what more do you need. Newly remodeled lobby and new gift shop!!!
Best kept secret in Wyoming!
We stayed at one of the Cabins at Togwotee Lodge, (NOTE: It is no longer called "Cowboy Village"), in July of 2003. This place is AWESOME! Very clean, well-run and the sweetest and most helpful staff you could ever hope for! The setting is beautiful, far enough out of the hustle of Jackson Hole, (60 miles), but still close. It's 30 miles to Teton & Yellowstone Park, so it made day trips easy. Our cabin was very spacious, attractive and the food at the Lodge was great! We will be back! I can only imagine the beauty of this place in the Winter...
I have been there three times, the best snow in the country, awsome guides, nice cabins, would recommend